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December 4, 2012
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  • DISH offers compromise to FCC on spectrum rules: DISH Network has told federal regulators that it would be willing to cede 5 MHz of its 20 MHz allotment if the satellite provider were assured of swift Federal Communications Commission approval of its application to use the frequencies for a terrestrial wireless service, according to a filing. DISH said it was responding to FCC concerns about potential interference with adjacent frequencies. FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski said Friday the agency still hopes to vote on DISH's application by the end of the year. Multichannel News (12/3), Broadcasting & Cable (11/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • DIRECTV said to be vying with America Movil for Brazil's GVT
    DIRECTV and America Movil were among communications firms that offered preliminary bids for Brazil's GVT, the Vivendi-owned telecom, according to a published report that pegged their offers at more than $7.5 billion each. Bids also reportedly came from Liberty Global and a group of private-equity funds. Bloomberg Businessweek (11/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Redbox Instant subscriptions will start at $6 a month
    Redbox Instant by Verizon, which is being tested ahead of its unveiling by the end of 2012, reportedly will offer unlimited streaming of "Rango," "Iron Man 2" and other titles for $6 a month. For an extra $2 a month, users will be able to use four monthly Redbox credits to check out DVDs from Redbox kiosks. Redbox Instant will be accessible via the Web, Android and iOS devices, Xbox 360, and some Samsung TVs and Blu-ray players, with each subscription good for up to five devices. GigaOm (11/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Business News You Can Use 
  • How to turn a music-system sale into a home automation blockbuster
    System integrators say they have enjoyed success persuading clients who are installing multiroom audio systems to consider buying a home automation system, even a basic one. Many customers later return to ask about adding more features. "This year alone I've had four clients come back within a month ... and ask, 'So how do I tie my lights in with the system? What about security and air conditioning?' " said Jamie Gannon, the head of Dynamic Audio Video in New Orleans. (11/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Don't fixate on price when selecting an insurance policy
    Insurance policies differ in substantive ways so you should consider more than just price when selecting a coverage option. "[O]ne insurance policy is not going to cover the exact same risks to [the] same extent as a policy from another carrier even if they call the policy the same exact name," he writes. Small Business Trends (11/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  SBCA News 
  • Don't forget to renew your membership
    Members: Don't forget to renew your membership by Dec. 31. Renewing will give you access to important events and industry webinars in 2013 as well as the SBCA Resource Center. Next year will be an exciting one, with plans to relaunch a retailer locator and a new product and services guide. Contact Martin Esteves at 202-349-3630 to renew your membership today. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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